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Petites misères de la vie humaine

Illustrated by J. J. Grandville (Isidore-Adolphe Gèrard) (French, 1803–1847), Engraved by Barbant aîné (French, active 1840–1869), Engraved by Louis Henri Brévière (French, 1797–1869), Engraved by Brugnot (French, active about 1836–1873), Engraved by Prosper Adolphe Léon Cherrier (French, born in 1806), Engraved by Louis Dujardin (French, 1808–1859), Engraved by Eugène Guillaumot (French, 1813–1869), Engraved by (Alfred, Adèle, and Aglaé) Laisné (French, active 1835–1868), Engraved by Théodore Maurisset (French, active 1834–1859), Engraved by Quichon (French, 19th century), Engraved by François Rouget (French, 19th century), Engraved by Pierre Verdeil (French, born in 1812), Author Emile Daurand Forgues (Old Nick) (French, 1813–1883), Publisher Henri Fournier (French, 1800–1888)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Carteret III, 471-72; Brivois, pp. 322-24; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 195 [1843 ed.]


Overall: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm (9 5/16 x 6 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous wood engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: H. Fournier, 1846) Octavo; [2 ff.] viii, 390 pp. [1 f.], plus 50 plates; later nineteenth-century half gilt-stamped red morocco, marbled paper boards.

Humorous illustrations of daily life.

Paris: H. Fournier, 1846


Acquired in 1903 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent